Cool Concrete Floors

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Desire to Inspire

One thing I know if I ever move back to a warmer climate, and that’s that I want (need?) concrete floors, from the outside all the way through the inside. They’re so cool in ever sense of the word, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to what they look like. If the traditional grey look isn’t for you, well, you’re in luck because concrete can be stained, patterned, and more.


One obvious place to use concrete – that I’ve admittedly never considered – is the bathroom. Just think about how easy it would be to clean, and little you’d worry about anything getting wet! Genius at work really.

Adrienne Breaux

Concrete has the ability to take an already industrial space to the next level almost instantly. The white walls, stainless steel, and wood accents of the kitchen above show just how homey a concrete floor can be.

Lovely Life

This glossy version might be my favorite. The floor manages to look like a watery surface just waiting to be broken with a footstep! Add a blue wash and you’re all set.

Dustjacket Attic

The texture and variation a concrete floor can add to your home is anything but boring. It can work in a minimal space or just the opposite. They give off a casual vibe that makes a space feel all the more relaxed, add a few floor rugs and you have an eclectic look that’s all your own.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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How to Decorate with White

White looks cozy in winter and beachy in summer, it’s clean and uplifting, and best of all, it’s incredibly easy to work with. If you love the look of white spaces, but want to make sure your beautiful white rooms never come across as cold, clinical, or boring, read on because these tips are for you!

Photo: Domino Magazine

Think of white as a canvas for color. I love changing up the look of my home fairly regularly, and using a white “base” can make this so much easier. In the living room shown here, for example, a white sofa, coffee table, walls, and shelving provide the framework, and the lavender and leopard print cushions add a fun pop of color. This makes working with color super easy, because in such a small dose you can be quite bold and it will always work!

Photos: top, Rachel Ashwell; others Domino Magazine

Add texture. If you prefer to keep things very monochromatic, that can absolutely work, too! The thing to remember is, the less color you have in a room, the more texture you should add. Think of beautifully textured wood floors, fluffy rugs and sheepskins, natural fibers, and woven baskets. All of these things will help your eye read the space as warm, inviting, and interesting, even without any color!

When in doubt, add a bouquet! In my humble opinion, no white room should ever be without a small bouquet of flowers. Even a single bloom in a bud vase can add that much-needed pop of visual interest to a space. Notice that in every single photo I have chosen to illustrate this post…there are flowers!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Feizy Rugs Indochine in white; Safavieh Tibetan 100 in white; Surya Grizzly Shag in white; Martha Stewart Rugs Hand Knotted Piazza Rug in milk white.

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Fashion Translation: Eclectic Tropical Style

Right around this time of year, one trend always re-appears bigger, badder, and brighter than ever. That trend, my friends, is the tropical look. When you really think about it, tropical destination-inspired patterns and color palettes are totally spot-on for the warm months ahead. Recently, Emilio Pucci showcased his 2017 Resort collection, full of eclectic leafy patterns mixed with variegated stripes, all in a juicy color palette grounded in crisp white and stark black. This is all the inspiration you need to bring this look into your home and wardrobe!

Photo Credit: Emilio Pucci Spring 2017 Resort via

If you’re not able to jet away to a tropical locale this summer for vacation, why not bring the tropics into your home instead? I’m loving these over-sized, bold prints for any room in the house. I’m thinking a more neutral, 2-color leafy patterned rug would be a nice addition to my dining room, while I’d go extra-bold with a mish mash of juicy, lush colors for my living room. In terms of pattern, think palm fronds, huge monstera leaves, and hibiscus florals. The addition of stripes helps to soften this trend and make it more streamlined for the use in the home. These are just a few of my favorites!


Shopping Guide:

Milliken Modern Times Palm Rug

Couristan Covington Palms Rug

Couristan Covington Summer Laelia Rug

Couristan Covington Rainforest Rug

United Weavers Palm Leaves Rug

KAS Oriental Coral Palm Rug

United Weavers Panama Jack Palm Coast Rug

Dalyn Maui Rug


For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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5 Rise and Shine Tips to Start Your Day Off Right

Mornings can be tough, especially when you’re facing a packed weekday filled with tasks you are maybe not so thrilled to tackle. If you want to wake up with more energy and a positive, can-do attitude, read on: these 5 tips are for you!


1.  Make your bedroom a peaceful oasis. Having a space where you can unwind and let go of the pressures of the day is essential to a good night’s sleep. Create your own oasis of peace and serenity by making sure your bedroom is clean and clutter free, and filled with soothing colors and textures. Soft shades of lavender or blue are ideal for promoting rest. Also consider making your bedroom a screen-free zone, because the blue light emitted by our devices (including that e-reader) can make it harder to fall asleep.

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2. Splash out on lovely sheets and a quality mattress. A comfortable and supportive mattress and fresh, smooth sheets are two items definitely worth a splurge. If you can’t get a new mattress, make your old one more comfy by adding a plush topper. For the ultimate in pampering, spritz your sheets with lavender linen spray a few minutes before you get in.

3. Select your your outfit the night before. There’s nothing worse than frantically searching in your closet for something to wear….when you need to be out the door in 5 minutes! Avoid last-second panic by choosing your outfit (including shoes and accessories) the night before, when you are calm and collected.

4. Read something uplifting before bed. Bed time is not the time for picking up that fast-paced thriller that will keep you up half the night! Choose something that will actually help you drift off to sleep and give you sweet dreams, like an inspirational book or poetry. Dim the lights for the last few minutes, and sip some relaxing herbal tea.

Yoga and Breakfast

5. Make a sit-down breakfast easy. We all know you should start the day with a proper breakfast, but so often in the rush to get out the door, it simply doesn’t happen. This was almost always the case for me, until I began preparing a few breakfast things the night before. Fill your blender with smoothie ingredients and pop it in the fridge, set out a bowl and a jar of granola, and wash some fresh fruit: it doesn’t take much to make breakfast happen, and you will quickly realize those few moments the night before were well worth it when you can sit down to a relaxing breakfast and get your day off to a good start.


These few simple changes can make a big impact on your mornings…I know they have for mine! If you take the time to make your bedroom a lovely, relaxing space, prepare a few things the night before, and create a few peaceful bedtime routines to help you drift off to sleep, you’re sure to greet the new day with a positive spirit (even on Monday).

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Loloi Rugs Kingston in ivory and stone; Rugs America Asteria in lavender; Surya Mystique in pale blue; Nourison Karma in blue.

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